24 May 2009
A 50-year old Balikbayan woman who arrived in the Philippines on May 20 from Chicago, USA is the second confirmed H1N1 flu virus case in the Philippines. Below is the pertinent portion of the announcement given by Secretary Francisco Duque III in the statement he gave to media upon his arrival from Geneva, Switzerland where he attended the 62nd World Health Assembly
Please note again the absence of exact details on the flight which brought this woman from the United States. Please note also Secretary Duque's statement that only "close contacts" of the second confirmed case are also being traced.
Maybe we need to remind ourselves how Secretary Duque attempted to delay the return of Team Pacquiao to the Philippines two weeks ago. At that time, no one in Team Pacquiao had any confirmed H1N1 infection and yet, Secretary Duque made a public request for Manny Pacquiao to consider delaying his return to the Philippines.
However, now that two persons who have come back from the United States have tested positive for H1N1 flu virus infection, Secretary Duque and the DOH would conduct contact tracing only for "close contacts."
Why not do contact tracing for "all possible contacts"? Naghihinayang sa gagastusin? Ano po ba talaga ang dahilan?
Here is the full text of the latest DOH update, Update No. 21:
There is another point worth noting and investigating further about this DOH update and this concerns the statement of Secretary Duque that the Taiwanese woman who " ... fell ill after visiting the Philippines for a short vacation ... did not attend any social gathering in the country." Initial reports indicate that the Taiwanese woman and her daughter attended an international yoga class in Manila.
This is the video clip of the press conference of Secretary Duque courtesy of GMAnews.tv:
Please stay tuned as these developments are quite important.